Chris was daydreaming. He did that all the time and everywhere. He liked to escape reality and create his own worlds. He would be happy and safe there. He could marry the girl of his dreams, make as many friends as he wants and he could pretend his parents were proud of him. And now he dreamed about having his arms around his crush, he was about to kiss her. ‘Chris…Christopher!’ Chris sighed as he was pulled back to reality. ‘Yes sir?’ He answered his English teacher. ‘Seriously Christopher, you have to stop doing that and pay attention to the lecture.’ The teacher scolded him. Chris stared at him and then quietly said: ‘Yes sir.’ His teacher was about to say something again but then the bell rang.
All the students hurriedly left the classroom. On the other hand Chris packed his stuff calmly and got up to slowly walk to the canteen. Halfway he changed his mind and instead went to find an empty hallway. He sat down on the floor and took his food out of the bag he had placed on the floor next to him. It was just bread with butter. His mom never made anything else for him. He also could not make anything for himself because he was not allowed in the kitchen, he would burn it down according to his mom.
Then Chris’ head shot up as he heard footsteps coming towards him. He saw a girl, or to be precise, his crush Anna. He looked up at her and she looked down at him. She seemed curious and somewhat worried. ‘Are you ok?’ She asked him. Chris nodded his head. He had lost the ability to talk. She smiled and sat down next to him. ‘Why are you eating your lunch here,’ she looked around the empty hallway, ‘alone?’ He shrugged and said: ‘I…I like being alone I guess.’ She smiled at him again. ‘Should I go then?’ She joked. He quickly shook his head. ‘Uhm…what I mean is it’s fine. I don’t…uhm…mind some company from time to time.’ He attempted to smile at her but he believed it looked more like an awkward grin. Chris opened his mouth to ask her something: ‘Uhm Anna, can I ask you a question?’ She gave all her attention to him indicating Chris to continue. But right then the bell rang. ‘Ask me after class, okay?’ She stood up and looked at him. She winked at him: ‘Don’t forget.’
Chris walked to his classroom, the science lab. His mind wandered back to that moment. She winked at him. Anna winked at him. He felt his face heat up. He looked down at the ground, smiling to himself. Chris had arrived at the science lab, he then saw Anna sitting at the table. Chris mentally slapped himself. He had completely forgotten they shared chemistry class. ‘Christopher, I would like you to pair up with Anna today. We’re doing an experiment in pairs and you two were the last to join the class.’ The teacher told him pointing at Anna’s table. Chris nodded as he made his way towards Anna. ‘Hi…uhm…’
She giggled: ‘You forgot we had class together, didn’t you?’
He nodded. She smiled at him before turning her attention towards the teacher.
‘Pay attention everyone. The instructions I will give you are very important. If you do even one thing wrong bad things could happen. So you’re warned. Now first….’ Chris had already lost his attention disappearing into his own world again, not listening to the teacher. Anna pulled his arm bringing him back to reality. ‘Let’s go. We have to start.’ She guided him to the cupboard containing all kinds of substances. ‘What do we need?’ He asked her. She pointed at some stuff they needed for the experiment. He picked them all up to later carry it to their table. But then she hesitated. ‘Hmm…the last thing the teacher said we needed was this,’ she picked up a glass with substance, ‘I believe.’
He looked at her, his expression a little questioning. She turned around to ask the teacher but she was nowhere to be seen. ‘She went to the toilet.’ One of their classmates answered their unspoken question.
Anna looked up at Chris, she then made the decision of taken the substance she had picked up before. ‘Uhm…Anna…are you sure this is a good idea?’ He was worried. The teacher clearly said if they did anything wrong a lot of bad things could happen. ‘It’s fine,’ she shrugged, ‘What’s the worst that could happen?’
A few minutes later everyone had settled at their tables and started the experiment. The teacher was back already and she walked past the pairs checking if everything was going alright. Chris and Anna were focusing on their own work. They did everything according to her memory, hoping it would work out. He was scared for his live, or rather his grades but she didn’t seem to care. It was obvious she was having fun.
BOOM! The two of them quickly turned their heads towards what seems to be an explosion. And what they saw shocked them to the core. To their left, where the explosion took place, stood their classmate. His face was still hidden by the smoke but once it had cleared up the sight was horrible. What was their classmate looked like a monster now, maybe it was a zombie. Its features were gray and dead. The eyes seemed like they could pop out of its skull any moment. And Chris noticed one of its hand was replaced by…a big splinter? It could definitely pierce and kill. The entire class was too shocked or scared to move. Then suddenly it was chaos. Several explosions had gone off and several of their classmates were now not human anymore. People screamed and the things attacked.
Throats were being slit, heads were being cut off and limbs were being torn apart. Frozen up till now Chris finally came back to his senses. He took Anna’s hand and dragged her out of the classroom. The monsters followed them. They could now spread through the school and leave behind a trail of death. But he didn’t dare look back. He only ran still dragging her with him.
They were everywhere now. And somehow there were more of them. How could they spread so fast? Do they bite people?
Chris and Anna slowed down to catch their breath. Still holding hands they quietly walked through the school, avoiding the monsters and trying to find a way out. Those things were everywhere so it was difficult. ‘Hey Chris, I was wondering. Why didn’t our experiment explode? Is it because we might have used the wrong ingredient?’ Anna looked at him. Chris shrugged: ‘It probably is. But we don’t have time for that now. We need to find a way out of hear without….’
He suddenly stopped causing Anna to bump into him. ‘What happened? Why did you stop?’ She peaked from behind him and her eyes opened up wide. One of them was in front of them. Eating the guts of a girl. And the girl was still alive! Anna could see her face twitch in pain. Anna wanted to scream for help, she wanted to cry but she didn’t. She knew it would be a big mistake. She turned to Chris who, like her, was horrified by the scene going on in front of them. She could feel him shaking. She squeezed his hand slowly pulling him the other way.
Chris felt her hand squeezing his, gently pulling him away from the scene. He turned around and saw it. It stood behind her. But she didn’t notice as her face was facing him. Then time seemed to slow down. As if time itself wanted to give him enough time to save her. He saw it raising its arm ready to stab her. Chris quickly grabbed her by her shoulders and twisted the two of them around. She had a shocked expression on her face. He only smiled. A sudden pain shot through him. He looked down and saw the monsters weapon piercing him. He looked at her, hands still on her shoulders. Her eyes were wide and tears were streaming down her face. ‘No…Chris…’ She wailed. He again smiled at her. ‘So this is what dying feels like?’ And he felt himself loose consciousness. Drifting away into the darkness.
‘Chris…Chris…Christopher!’ He was roughly brought back to reality. ‘Please pay attention to the lecture, Christopher. How many times do I have to aks you?’ His English teacher sighed. Chris hung his head low and said quietly: ‘Sorry sir. I was daydreaming.’ When the teacher turned around he suddenly felt a hand on his shoulder. He looked to his side and there was his seat mate, Anna. She looked at him with a relieved expression and tears rolling down her face.